This is a collaborative post. It’s not just presents that end up costing a fortune at Christmas. Although with children and family to buy for, spending on gifts soon adds up. But it’s the other stuff too. Like the fact that I see it as a personal challenge to make sure that there are no mince pies left at the end of any day. Which means buying more the next day. I estimate my mince pie costs alone to be in the region of £29,384,795 per year. Well, maybe not quite that much. But you get the gist. So, I’ve…

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The wind buffets against us as we trudge across the Malvern Hills. Heads down, fighting to stay upright against the driving wind and rain. The dog darts from tree to tree, searching for squirrels. She barely notices the inclement weather as there are so many exciting sights, sounds and smells. The reality of dog ownership I never had a dog as a child. So, perhaps I was a little naive when I headed to the Dog’s Trust one day and chose a beautifully soft looking hound. He was big. And the rescue centre had no idea how he’d cope in…

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The last week before half term always reminds me of why we need the school holidays. We’re all exhausted. Roll on half term, we’re ready for a rest. The blue tutu If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or just in the street, you’ll have noticed Lia’s blue tutu. Over a fortnight ago, we went to a Fit to Dance workshop and Ashley Banjo very kindly said the children could take some of the props home. Lia had fallen in love with a yellow tutu that she’d worn during the workshop. But by the time she realised what was…

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The persistent hammering on the door started at around 4.35am. Assuming the dog needed to go out, I reluctantly rolled over and followed her downstairs. Opening the door to a howling gale, my gaze was drawn to the wildly flapping back gate. The fence post had become detached from the wall and our garden had become a security disaster. After such a terrible start, only total relaxation could rescue my day. The Malvern Spa The Malvern Spa is based on the outskirts of Malvern, at the foot of the beautiful Malvern Hills. It boasts luxurious accommodation, a state of the…

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Well half term is finally upon us. Does anybody have exciting plans? We’ve got a couple of days out booked in, but no big trips as my husband is back on crutches. The theme for half term days out is definitely Halloween this year. Is it just me or is it becoming more of a thing in the UK than it used to be? I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone has been up to over the past couple of weeks. Featured posts We had a wonderfully diverse array of posts link up last time. People have been visiting places…

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This is a collaborative post. Two excited little girls stood on the railway platform dancing a train dance. As their carriage puffed up, they jumped up and down. We were off! Family and Friends Railcard A day out in Birmingham is always a treat. They’ve been going to the National Sea Life Centre regularly since they were tiny, but they never tire of it. And one of the most exciting parts of the day is always the ride on the train. But I must admit, it was starting to get a bit expensive. Libby turned five a few months ago,…

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This is a collaborative post. A couple of nights ago, I found out that my husband had cheated on me. And worst of all, my family were complicit. It came to a head when he’d booked a meal for everyone at a time I couldn’t do. He made excuses, but it didn’t add up. Eventually my daughter spilled the beans. The meal had been at HER house. I confronted him. Well actually, I knocked seven bells out of him. And then, I woke up. Furious The events were so vivid that when I opened my eyes that morning, I couldn’t…

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